This past weekend, over 9,500 athletes from all across the country set
off to compete in the Chicago triathlon. This triathlon is the largest
of any triathlons across the nation, and it draws competitors from across
the world. This event featuring swimming, biking, and running opens the
door to a wide variety of injuries, but some injuries are not the athlete's fault.
On Sunday morning, a 20-year-old woman ignored traffic cones separating
Lake Shore Drive from the triathlon and struck two bicyclists competing
in the triathlon. This crash took place around 7:30 a.m. at the 3700 block
of Lake Shore Drive. Her vehicle struck a 28-year-old woman and a 38-year-old
man, both on their bicycles at the time. Both suffered serious injuries
to the upper body, and were taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
This crash continues to be investigated by Chicago Police, but charges
of reckless driving are already pending and it has also been found that
the driver was operating a motor vehicle without insurance.
This is a hard time for both of these athletes and their families, especially
after all the hard work they put into training for the race, but the immediate
investigation of such accidents by a third party is vital. The more time
that passes, the more likely witnesses are to forget details. In addition,
it is important to have an attorney represent the victim during the traffic
hearing, in the event that citations were issued.
Our firm has experience with both the investigation of accidents and representing
victims in the traffic division. If you or someone you know has been injured
as a result of a third-party’s negligence, contact the attorneys
at Boudreau & Nisivaco, LLC today for a free consultation. (312) 620-1261